Category Archives: Obscurier Couturiers

Acquiring Contemporary Clothing: Weston Wear, c. 2010

When collecting fashions from the recent past for the future, it can be a challenge to make sound decisions without the perspective of time that allows us to see the past more clearly. Since the museum was founded in 2004 … Continue reading

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Fashion Hall of Obscurity – Carole Little

Mary Carole Lenski was born September 27, 1934. After studying fashion design in Los Angeles, she started her fashion career as a secretary at swimsuit maker Rose Marie Reid. She married her boss, James Little and by the early 1970s … Continue reading

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Fashion Hall of Obscurity – Evelyn Maureen Baker

Evelyn Maureen Baker passed away December 5, 2017 almost unnoticed. This seems fitting since Baker worked most of her life incognito under the label Susan Small. Born in London on May 26, 1920, Maureen was one of six children and … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Donald Campbell

Born in Cobourg Ontario in c. 1934, Campbell trained in fashion at Ryerson Polytechnic before apprenticing with John Cavanagh in London from 1954-1956. Campbell opened his own dressmaking workshop in Bayswater Road in November 1957, but by the fall of … Continue reading

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Fashion Hall of Obscurity – Catherine Parel

Russian born Yekaterina Bobrikova (Catherine Bobrikov) worked in the Jeanne Lanvin fashion house from 1927 to 1934. She set up her own fashion house under then name Catherine Parel at 11 Rue Boissy d’Anglas in 1936. She released two small … Continue reading

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Fashion Hall of Obscurity – Marit Allen

Marit Allen’s career in fashion started at the age of twenty at Queen Magazine in 1961. She created a column called ‘About 20’ that showcased young designers with young fashion ideas – perfect timing for the burgeoning Mod movement. In 1964, … Continue reading

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Fashion Hall of Obscurity – Jules Parker

The museum was recently offered a hammered brass breast plate from the 1970s with the designer’s name ‘Jules Parker’ stamped onto the pig suede lining. It was an interesting piece, but the price was too steep. Looking for some information … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Master John

Although ‘Master John’ sounds like some kind of fetish shop, it was actually Toronto’s glam-rock boot shop in the 1970s. Stocked with styles that rivalled Vancouver’s Fox & Fluevog, London’s Terry de Havilland or Los Angeles’ Fred Slatten, John Master … Continue reading

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Fashion Hall of Obscurity – Chuck Howard

Chuck Howard, was one of those designers of the postwar era that gave American fashions a distinctly American look. Born in Cochrane, Georgia in 1927, Howard was stationed in Hawaii as a tail gunner in World War II. Courtesy of … Continue reading

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Fashion Hall of Obscurity – Zelda Barbour Wynn Valdes

Born June 28, 1905 Zelda Barbour Wynn Valdes grew up in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and learned how to design and sew at her uncle’s tailoring shop in White Plains, New York. In 1948 she opened her own boutique called ‘Chez Zelda’ at Broadway and … Continue reading

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